Educating Our Children on Digital Citizenship: How We Can Do It Right

In today’s age of ever-growing technology, it is extremely important that we educate our children and the incoming members of our society how to engage in the digital world. If you yourself are questioning what it is like to be a good digital citizen, read into my last blog post! The thing about digital citizenship is that you cannot just give someone the facts and expect them to become good citizens automatically. It is a teaching method, and it also takes methods of interaction for someone to understand just what it means to be a good digital citizen. Have you ever heard of “The 9 Key P’s” of digital citizenship? They are: passwords, personal information, private information, property, photographs, protection, permission, professionalism, and personal brand.¬†Perhaps try implementing these into your lesson on digital citizenship.¬†You could take each one and turn it into a mini lesson under your lesson plan!

Starting with personal information- some of the personal information you share could be used to identify you while other information may not. For example, the name of your dog may not be able to identify you, but using your full name on your facebook account will. Make your students mindful of these details, it is important to think about how personal of information we want to share with everyone is.

Next, passwords- share tips with your students on ways to create a safe password, something no one would be able to guess, and perhaps encourage them not to repeat this same passwords onto other sites.

Private information- this is the kind of information that CAN be used to identify you, make sure your students know the difference.

Photographs, something that seems to consume today’s society through all forms of social media. Let your students know that some things hold private information and should not be photographed, such as license plate numbers.

Property- plain and simply, copyright and plagiarism, two things that you may already teaching your students about.

Permission- proper citation for the property (information) they are using.

Protection- consider giving a lesson on viruses and how to prevent them on pieces of technology.

Professionalism- Just about anything you post can be accessed by possible new employers, deleted or not. Teach children to watch what they post, because ultimately it will follow them forever, and post in a professional manner.

And finally, Personal Brand- Let students be aware of the fact that what they post will describe how they are perceived by others online, encourage them to think about how they want to be seen by others as they are posting.

All of these tips equal to ultimately making you a great digital citizen. Share these tips with your children or students and see if you see a change in their character, both in real life and online. I hope that this has helped you better understand the education of digital citizenship. Let me know your thoughts and share your experiences with me as you teach these methods yourself!


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